The Church today, February 10, honours St. Zeno the Letter Carrier.
St. Zeno came from Caesarea of Cappadocia and was the son of wealthy and noble parents. During the reign of Emperor Valens (364 – 374 AD) he served as his emperor’s letters carrier.
When Emperor Valens died, Zeno immediately threw the military belt and after finding a large tomb entered inside it and purified his soul with rigorous exercise.
His mattress was layers of grass on stones. He wore a frayed habit; his food was some bread, brought to him by a friend every two days, and he brought the water himself from far away. So, he received much grace and blessing from God. Therefore, it is said that when the Isaurs invaded that place and killed many ascetics, Zeno blinded them in his prayer, so that they would not see the door of his cell and leave.
Saint Zeno lived with exercise and much patience until the end of his life. He died and gave his righteous soul to God.
Also today, the postmen pay a very special tribute to their patron saint Zeno, who carried out the task of the postman.
Source: Church of Cyprus